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Crist ad rips Rubio on Social Security; Rubio camp claims ‘desperate false attack’

by George Bennett | October 5th, 2010

Indie Senate candidate Charlie Crist’s new 30-second ad says Republican frontrunner Marco Rubio’s Social Security plan calls for seniors to “work longer, get by on less.” Then, although Rubio has never held federal office, the ad reaches for some anti-Washington mojo by saying: “That’s Washington for you — balance the budget on the backs of seniors.”

Rubio, eyeing Social Security’s long-term solvency problems, has said Congress should explore raising the retirement age and changing the way benefits are indexed for inflation — but he says any changes should not apply to current beneficiaries or anyone who’s now 55 and older.

Rubio’s camp calls the Crist ad “a desperate false attack” because “Crist knows that Rubio has pledged to protect and preserve Social Security for those who are at or near retirement.”

Crist pledges to make no changes to Social Security and says creating an “earned pathway to citizenship” for illegal immigrants would help the retirement system by generating more payroll tax collections.

Crist, who’s been trying to convince Democratic voters he’s the only candidate with a shot at overtaking Rubio, doesn’t mention Dem nominee Kendrick Meek, who remains a distant third in the polls.

5 Responses to “Crist ad rips Rubio on Social Security; Rubio camp claims ‘desperate false attack’”

  1. Moderate Democrat Says:

    Give em hell Charlie!

  2. Barry Says:

    The same ad can be used for Meek’s campaign about Sorry Charlie

  3. James Says:

    Rubio’s plan is to sell out the next generation’s social security, not the one he needs to vote for him now. have you seen his ads? Rehtoric with no substance, fear tactics with no basis.
    Go Charlie.

  4. We need a third THINKING party Says:

    I’ve worked my butt off all my life and I want my SS AS PROMISED. People over 50 are entirely out luck getting jobs now … how are the going to do it going on 60. Rubio is totally out of touch with the real world. Wanna save the nation money? Have immigrants work, pay taxes and stop paying them to pop out more kids on our tax dollars. Crist is right on this one. Completely right

  5. Old Guy Says:

    Don’t believe Charlie’s scare tactics…he would promise pretty much anyone anything if he thought it would get him a vote…then he’ll change his mind at the drop of a hat if the other position becomes more popular…Sorry Charlie, no more lies.

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